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Current Issues in the Church

There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.

A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.

Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.

A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.

How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?

Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.

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Cardinal Kasper’s Error on God

Having read Father Serafino M. Lanzetta’s “Mercy according to Cardinal Kasper,” a couple of weeks ago, I was recently musing over the matter when it struck me: If, as Father Serafino Maria says, the Cardinal makes mercy God’s fundamental attribute, then he errs gravely on the nature of God, and for one principal reason. Mercy is not an attribute that God would ever manifest in eternity. Why? Because … More →

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Bishop Tobin’s Frankness on the Synod

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of Providence, R.I., has published some frank observations on the Synod, some of which I excerpt here: In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultural, prophetic voice, a voice that the world needs to hear. The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on … More →


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Revolutionary Doctrines on the Family

Much is being said about the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops just completed. Typically for such an event, ecclesiastical politics of the worst sort were on display, as can be seen from the excellent reportage of Sandro Magister and Rorate Caeli. In this respect, we have just witnessed a repeat performance of the kind of procedural manipulation very well documented to have taken place at Vatican … More →


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‘Book of Remembrance’ Documents 1900 Catholic Victims of Soviet Communism

CNA: Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and now a new website tells their stories. “The persecution of the Church was immediate. It started within a couple weeks of the October Revolution,” Geraldine Kelley told CNA Oct. 10. “It was brutal. It focused first of all on the confiscation of church property … More →

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The Progressivist Putsch at the Synod

I am currently writing something about the Synod to be published as an Ad Rem. Meantime, here are some thoughts that I should not attempt to fit into that piece, which I am trying to keep concise. The Relatio that came out a week ago is a masterstroke of the progressivist approach to doctrine. For the progressivist, truth changes and dogma evolves, as Cardinal Reinhard Marx explicitly stated at the end … More →


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Cardinal Kasper Into Damage Control Mode

Catholic World News: Cardinal Walter Kasper has expressed regret about controversial remarks on African prelates in a conversation with journalist Edward Pentin, according to Catholic World Report. Cardinal Kasper had initially denied making any remarks on Africans, but then Pentin published an audio of the conversation. “If one of my remarks about Africans was perceived as demeaning or insulting, then I am honestly sorry,” the … More →

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Two Talks on ‘Where we are. How we got here. What we need to do.’

From “Video Sancto.” The speaker is not named on the YouTube video. Commenters are asked to refrain from doing so on this site. Part I. We are in a revolutionary time of history. Revolutions have been a part of the world since Lucifer rebelled from God and became the adversary—Satan. In this talk we will gain a deep knowledge as to how revolutions come about … More →


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Synod: Manipulation and Blowback

Sandro Magister outlines the methodology employed to assure that the progressivist agenda succeeds at the Synod on the Family. “New paradigms of divorce and homosexuality are now at home in the highest levels of the Church. Nothing has been decided, but Pope Francis is patient. An American historian confutes the ideas of La Civiltà Cattolica…”  [Read more...]. Below, Michael Voris reports on the blowback — among cardinals, bishops, … More →

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Breaking News: Cardinal Burke on the Synod, His Canning, and Pope Franicis

(Buzzfeed) A top cardinal told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the worldwide meeting of church leaders coming to a close in Rome seemed to have been designed to “weaken the church’s teaching and practice” with the apparent blessing of Pope Francis. Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American who heads the Vatican’s highest court of canon law, made the remarks in a phone interview from the Vatican, … More →

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The Mid-Term Report of the October 2014 Synod of Bishops in Rome: Reasons for a Catholic Resistance

“As the Rascals always say: ‘If you can’t pass the test, change the test!’ But it’s hard to pass the test when the test itself keeps changing (or evolving!).” (The Famous Words of a Living Virginian) On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, the Synod of Bishops released a mid-term report of the Synod meeting in Rome which has incited the resistance … More →

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Catholic Bishop Shocks UU Ecumenical Guru by Speaking Like Catholic Bishop

This is from the 1P5 Blog: After 37 years of Bishop Howard Hubbard leading the Diocese of Albany, it appears that some within the interfaith community may miss him already. Earlier this year Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger to replace Bishop Hubbard who had reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. For nearly four decades Bishop Hubbard was considered to be one of the most … More →


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Synod Update: Cardinal Pell’s Assurances, ‘Blue Thursday’

In the interview below, Cardinal Pell completely contradicts Cardinal Kasper’s estimate that “a growing majority” are taking his own heterodox view on Holy Communion for habitual adulterers. He also makes an excellent point about the sexual chaos of the Roman world that the early Church evangelized. Catholic morality is profoundly liberating: it was for the Roman pagans of the early centuries, and it is for … More →

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Cardinal Kasper Denies Anti-African Comments, Journalist Posts Recording

That a progressivist who routinely denies the Catholic Faith and common sense in favor of liberalism and modernism was caught making xenophobic comments to a journalist about African bishops is news. That he denied making the comments is also news. And that the interviewer, Edward Pentin, can produce a recording of the comments is even more news. Sadly, Zenit news agency has seen fit to black … More →

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Cardinal Napier to the Rescue?

The Catholic Herald informs us that an outspoken South African Cardinal has been added to the committee that will draft the final report on the Synod: Pope Francis has added Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to the drafting committee which will produce the final report on the Extraordinary Synod on Pastoral Challenges to the Family. The appointment is significant because the South African cardinal was critical of the … More →

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Sanctity: Our Counterrevolutionary Grand Strategy

Here is the text of my talk from our recent Saint Benedict Center Conference.  I. Introduction My talk today will be a brief elucidation of the following thesis: “The comprehensive and adequate grand strategy for today’s Catholic Counterrevolutionary is the acquisition and preservation of sanctity, both for himself as an individual, and for all those whom he can influence.” First, some definitions are in order. … More →


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